Valverde, Mets agree to minor league contract

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NEW YORK (AP) - Right-hander Jose Valverde and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract.

The three-time All-Star has struggled with control in recent years and was 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA for Detroit last year, converting nine saves in 12 chances. He was designated for assignment on June 21, then went to Toledo and had seven saves with a 4.09 ERA in 11 games before he was released on Aug. 7.

The 35-year-old has 286 saves in an 11-year big league career with Arizona, Houston and Detroit.

His deal with New York was announced Wednesday.

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